El Monte City Council Honored Star El Monte High School Quarterback
by Chelsea Dickerson
February 13, 2013 • 788 views
In front of a packed crowd of a hundred El Monte High School (EMHS) fans all wearing blue, the El Monte City Council recognized the amazing accomplishments of Quarterback Brandon Martinez, who broke every single quarterback record in the school’s more than 110 year history.
“It means so much to have the support of our community,” said Martinez. “We worked hard together as a team, and it’s nice for the City to notice our effort and recognize our accomplishments.”
Due to his outstanding year, Martinez was selected as quarterback for the Cal Hi Sports 1st Team All State and Max Preps 1st Team All State, the first time an EMHS football player was awarded to a statewide 1st team. Martinez is now the San Gabriel Valley’s all-time single-season passing yards leader with 4,286 yards and broke the record for single season passing touchdown record with 44.
Although an alumna of Arroyo High School, El Monte Councilwoman Victoria Martinez, who sported the El Monte High School #3 football jersey in honor of Brandon, praised his efforts, saying, “We aren’t related, but I would definitely adopt him as a relative. He has accomplished so much in his football career and has brought a positive spotlight to our city. The El Monte community is very proud of him.”
Martinez assisted the Lions to win their first league title since 1979 and the victory of their first playoff game in over 20 years. In January, he was awarded as both the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s and Mid Valley News’ Player of the Year. Martinez was also selected as the prestigious CIF Mid Valley Division Player of the Year, as well as Roggin’s Heroes MVP.
“He’s really humble and would rather not make a big deal of his accomplishments,” said EMHS football coach Joel Sanchez. “But he deserves all of this praise. He led this team by example. You don’t have to tell him what he needs to do to win—he does all the hard work on his own. His goal was to win a league championship and that’s what he did.”
A senior, Martinez is currently exploring opportunities to play football in college.